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It took Yoshitomo Tsutsugo a few years to realize his potential, and now the left-handed hitting slugger wants other Japanese to learn that baseball is as much about joy and heart as practice and discipline.

A year after playing 10 games of winter ball in the Dominican Republic, the 25-year-old Yokohama BayStars and Samurai Japan cleanup hitter spent much of this past offseason with his childhood club, the Sakai Big Boys.

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